Reforms to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program are included in the five-year highway bill to be considered this week in Congress. The legislation notably requires changes to the CSA program, including the removal of the carrier safety scores from public display and the development of a crash accountability component.
Also included in the agreement are provisions overhauling the rulemaking process to improve transparency, requiring FMCSA to develop a plan rewarding trucking companies that go beyond the regulatory requirements and invest in additional safety technologies and programs. Other driver-related language in the conference report would permit hair testing in drug and alcohol screening and would require FMCSA to study whether long truck driver commute times contribute to on-the-job highway accidents.
Another provision requires a full study of the commercial impacts and safety benefits of raising the minimum insurance requirement for carriers. NASSTRAC supports efforts included in the highway bill to bring greater transparency to FMCSA. (Fleet Owner)